Antarctic ship hits a snag

February 21, 2023 2:08 am in by

RS71894 Nuyina at Casey 2022 Pete Harmsen AAD

There has been another setback for the nation’s troubled Antarctic program.

The much-vaunted Nuyina icebreaker remains in dry dock in Singapore due to mechanical faults, and now its replacement charter has also hit a snag.

The Happy Diamond ran aground on a shoal off Mawson Station during a resupply mission on Sunday evening.

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The Australian Antarctic Division has revealed it did minor damage to a ballast tank and thankfully there’s no danger to personnel, the vessel or the environment, and it is now on its way back to Hobart.

It is now the subject of a probe involving the ship’s owner Big Lift Shipping as well as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.